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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Is 140 characters’ worth of expression worthy of preservation by the Library of Congress? Apparently it is, because the LOC is digitally archiving every single public Twitter tweet ever sent, and to be sent.

That’s a lot of hashtags to hash through for zeitgeist review. Assuming those untold terabytes of data survive beyond a couple of decades, future generations will marvel at this era’s propensity for short-form historical record.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 04/14/2010 11:40 PM
Category: Social Media Online, Society
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play on, playoff
Today is the start of the National Hockey League playoffs. The general absence of hockey-related posts around here lately shouldn’t be interpreted as disinterest by me — fact is, I’m super-excited for this year’s dance. That’s despite a decidedly deflating postseason elimination by my hometown New York Rangers.

But that letdown was, in a sense, appropriate for the Eastern Conference lead-in to the playoffs. Despite some last-minute feats — notably Boston’s league-record three shorthanded goals on the same Carolina power-play to secure a berth — the teams in the bottom half of the East practically backed their way into the Stanley Cup tourney. I can’t remember the last time the 4 through 8 seeds looked quite this underwhelming.

Therefore, as trite as playoff predictions are, I’m going to venture one, and a safe one at that: No upsets in the Eastern Conference first round this year. The only series that I think might — might — even be close is the New Jersey-Philadelphia one, and that’s only because of the individual matchups and regular-season dominance by the Flyers. But in the end, it’ll be Washington, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, and the Devils clearing into the second round.

The West, at least, holds a little more promise for the customary lower-seed surprise. Los Angeles and Detroit are the prime candidates to take down their higher-seeded opponents. San Jose, of course, has the biggest bulls-eye on them, by virtue of their long-established playoff flops, and they could play to that form yet again. But the Sharks have fortified their third line and defense, and thus have built a team designed to — if nothing else — win a playoff round. In the end, I’ll be surprised if Chicago doesn’t advance to the Cup round.

As my luck would have it, I’m just about to get busy again as the NHL playoffs start. I’m hoping I’ll find some time to take in a good chunk of the extensive televised action. After that, I’ll have the summer to work and play.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 04/14/2010 10:20 AM
Category: Hockey
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hey now
Well heck, it’s the middle of the week. I know I could use a laugh. So let’s let Larry and Artie (and the former’s, ahem, ass) from “The Larry Sanders Show” provide the yucks:

With the probable risk of this clip being pulled off of YouTube at some point due to rights issues, here’s the fun-funny transcript:

Larry: Why didn’t you just say “no”, be done with it for the good of the show?

Artie: Hey buddy, this is my personal area and you’re pushing me. Now listen, I just received an offer, like you do; I’m considering it, and if you can’t live with that, sonny-boy — tough titty!

Larry: [awed pause] You didn’t just say “tough titty”, did you?

Artie: [emphatically] Tough tit-tay!

Larry: You know what I think — I think you’re having a little problem. I think you’re afraid that if you say “no”, she’ll dump you. That’s what I think.

Artie: Aw, that’s a crock of horseshit.

Larry: Oh, you think so? I don’t think so. I think you’re afraid.

Artie: Yeah, I’m afraid. [sarcastically] I’m afraid that I’m gonna turn into a lonely old geezer, wondering whether your melon got chopped up, or whether I told you that your ass doesn’t look fat!

Larry: Too late.

Artie: Not for me, buddy!

Larry: My ass is fine. My ass is great. I never felt better about my ass.

Artie: Then maybe you don’t need me.

Larry: Maybe… we don’t.

Artie: Then maybe you and your fat ass can go fuck yourselves!!

Larry: Thank you! I was just waiting for a go-ahead…

Artie: Well, go right ahead!

Larry: Thank you!

Artie: Don’t wait for me!

Larry: I will not wait for you! [turns to the mirror, checks his ass in the reflection, exclaims "He-llo!"]

Unfortunately, I can’t zero in on the specific episode of “Larry Sanders” that this is from; none of the official episode titles match the “Too Late” placard at the start of this video. Whichever one it was, I’m sure the rest of it was just as hilarious.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 04/14/2010 08:15 AM
Category: Comedy, TV
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